Utah now has 28 probable cases of swine flu, one confirmed

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SALT LAKE CITY -- Utah health officials have now identified nine new probable cases of swine flu in Utah. That brings us to a total of 28 probable cases and one confirmed case.

The Utah Department of Health says the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta now has all the 28 probable samples. The results for many of those were supposed to be sent back by now.

"We're getting concerned at this point. Some of our tests have been pending for about five days now, and we were told 48 hours turn around. We'd like to know," said Charla Haley, spokeswoman for the Utah Department of Health.

They say the results could be taking so long because of a backlog at the CDC, especially with 37 other states reporting confirmed cases.

**28 probable cases of swine flu in Utah; one confirmed case:** -16 in Summitt County -7 in Salt Lake County -2 from the Weber-Morgan Health Department -2 in Utah County -1 in an unnamed county
The Utah Public Health Lab received testing kits a few days ago and sent the CDC the results of 5 samples. If the CDC gets the same results, they will allow Utah to do its own testing, eliminating our dependence on the government agency.

"Those also are pending, so we're kind of in a catch-22 at this point, until they can let us know if we can do the tests ourselves," Haley said.

The health department says it's not sure how it will react if we get another confirmed case.

As you remember, Summit County was aggressively proactive when it announced its confirmed case last weekend. The health department says that was the right reaction at the time.

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